Special Issue "Cotton Production and Quality Research"
A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Cotton (Gossypium sp.) is the world’s leading natural fiber and second largest oilseed crop in production. The majority of cotton’s value resides in the fiber and while production has increased over the past two decades, fiber quality has declined over the same time-span in many production regions. This downward trend has been attributed to the general erosion of genetic diversity and an increase in low-input systems and expanded production in marginal environments. Concurrently, the textile industry has transitioned toward spinning technology that demands fibers that are long, uniform, mature, fine, strong, and with low contamination levels. Production and preservation of cotton fibre quality from new germplasm, improved in-season crop management, timely and efficient harvesting, and ginning are all critical factors to meet these demands and to compete with synthetic fibres. Sustainable production and preservation of fibre quality, especially in stressful environments, requires improvements in each of these areas and new systems-level approaches that incorporate physiology, genetics, agronomy, and engineering.
This Special Issue welcomes original research and review articles that provide insights on all topics related to the production and preservation of cotton fiber quality from biology, in-season management, harvest, and post-harvest processes. The scope of submission includes all aspects of cotton fiber yield and quality (breeding for improved yield, crop management including irrigation and fertility studies, fiber development, fiber quality/maturity modelling predictions), as well as harvest and post-harvest operations (on-board quality prediction during harvest, plastic contamination detection and removal, quality maintenance during ginning).
Dr. Paxton Payton
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- cotton fibre quality
- cotton fibre maturity
- cotton harvesting and ginning
- cotton plastic contamination
- cotton fibre maturity modelling